BALTHAZAR+ CHAMPS

Belgian indie-rock quintet Balthazar are pleased to announce news of a European tour in the Spring of 2015 where they will be debuting tracks from their new album Thin Walls, released 30th March via Play It Again Sam. 

The band, having notched up in excess of 220 shows whilst criss-crossing three continents alongside some truly memorable festival moments in support of their second album Rats – would appear to continue where they left off….

Having been holed up in the studio, the band emerge bearing new tracks, whetting appetites and their first live shows of 2015, including a show at Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge on Sun 12th April.

Balthazar Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Bunker’ below:


Plus support from CHAMPS

Brothers Michael and David Champion are CHAMPS, the Isle of Wight folk-pop duo. With only a Radio 2 session to precede it, the debut album from brothers appeared like a bolt out of the blue. And for believers in the environmental influence on music, it makes sense the Champions hail from the hamlet of Niton outside the Victorian seaside enclave of Ventnor on the Isle Of Wight, as Down Like Gold sounded beautifully out of time and place, even with artists they could call peers.

Second albums always test an artist’s strength in depth, and the 12 tracks that constitute VAMALA reach higher and wider than even its sublime predecessor. VAMALA was recorded by just the brothers with producer Dimitri Tikovoi at his Kilburn studio. Given his CV (which includes Goldfrapp and Placebo), the Frenchman was a risk, but Tikovoi’s rhythmic nous (he doubles as a session drummer) added more colour, including electronics, to the duo’s palate. Yet VAMALA remains a definitive CHAMPS record, beautifully rendered and resolutely melancholic.

“Few artists get close to the understated simplistic perfection of Neil Young, but CHAMPS, scribbling both the poetic verse and landscape reverse of a postcard to a vintage idea of love, can do just that” (The Line Of Best Fit).

“Exquisite white winter hymnals…a dazzling folk-pop crush” (MOJO). 

CHAMPS Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

Watch the video for ‘Desire’ below: